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Burst attacks or burst skills are a warrior profession mechanic that expend all built-up adrenaline. Each weapon has one burst skill that improves at three different stages of adrenaline. This improvement can be anything from doing more damage, adding conditions, increasing condition duration, or increasing skill duration. The burst skill does not take a skill slot, being activated by using the F1 key and is located just above the first five weapon skills, and is automatically chosen according to the two-handed weapon equipped or, in case of dual-wielding, the weapon equipped in the main hand.

Bursts carry a few different mechanics aside from standard skills. They can only be activated once the warrior has at least one full stage of adrenaline, which is, aside from using specific skills, only gained while in combat. However, bursts can still be used while not in combat, provided that the warrior has at least one full stage of adrenaline. If a burst attack fails to hit, e.g. due to being blinded or being interrupted while executing the attack, or if the attack simply does not connect with an enemy target in any way (like when used while out of combat) the burst skill will go on its effective recharge time, and all adrenaline will be spent.

List of burst skills[edit]

Weapon Skill Description
Axe Eviscerate.png Eviscerate Burst. Leap at your foe with a devastating attack. Effect increases with adrenaline level. Gain might if this attack hits.
Greatsword Arcing Slice.png Arcing Slice Burst. Deliver a circular attack to foes around you, and gain fury. Deal more damage to foes with low health.
Hammer Earthshaker.png Earthshaker Burst. Jump to the targeted location and slam your hammer down, damaging and stunning foes.
Longbow Combustive Shot.png Combustive Shot Burst. Ignite target area, burning nearby foes. Effect increases with adrenaline level.
Mace Skull Crack.png Skull Crack Burst. Stun your foe with a skull crack. Effect increases with adrenaline level.
Rifle Kill Shot.png Kill Shot Burst. Fire a powerful shot. Damage increases with adrenaline level.
Sword Flurry.png Flurry Burst. Immobilize your foes with a flurry of bleeding strikes. Effect increases with adrenaline level.
Harpoon gun Forceful Shot.png Forceful Shot Burst. Fire a forceful shot. Damage increases with adrenaline level.
Spear Whirling Strike.png Whirling Strike Burst. Strike all foes around you. Effect increases with adrenaline level.
Dagger (requires Spellbreaker) Breaching Strike.png Breaching Strike Burst. Strike your target and remove boons.
Any (requires Berserker) Berserk.png Berserk Burst. Gain adrenaline, an attack-speed boost, and access to primal burst skills.
Any (requires Spellbreaker) Full Counter.png Full Counter Burst. Absorb the next attack against you and counterattack all foes around you. Foes struck by the counter attack are interrupted.

Related traits[edit]

See also: Primal Burst